New Zealand

The Land Of Grazing


We work with two companies in New Zealand–to go as an INTERN or as an EMPLOYEE.

To be an employee, you need:

  • Completely fluent English
  • At least one complete year of work experience in DAIRY–including milking experience (or field/machinery).  More experience is better. 
  • Depending on your country of origin, your work experience may need to be outside of of your home country.  
  • Driver’s license (with translation)

See details for employees in New Zealand by following the link below.  The information on this page is for interns.

INTERN: Our partner in New Zealand is a company very much like ours, placing interested young people on farms for work experience there.  They have worked with international exchange visitors for many years, and offer a work experience/cultural exchange training program for people aged 18-30 with experience in rural industries who are ready to broaden their horizons. Remember that you need to have experience and/or education in the field you’ll work in–and you must speak English well.


For this program, the countries we can accept are very limited, due to agreements enacted between countries.  Please check this list.  If your country is not on this list, we can’t help you go to New Zealand.  

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • German
  • Holland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Moldova
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Uruguay
  • Ukraine
  • USA
  • UK


  • English competency.
  • Ages 18-30.
  • Have a domestic driver’s license for at least a year, international driver’s permit.
  • Experience in the field you apply for.
  • Mature, flexible, open-minded, committed.
  • Willing to work long hours during certain peak times.
  • Agreed to stay on one site for the entire placement period.
  • Actual work experience (college study and/or diploma is NOT enough).


  • Dairy placements start in July; available throughout the year.
  • Other placements generally start in August, September or October (spring in New Zealand).
  • Winery placements start in February or March.


  • Placement length varies, and are arranged after acceptance into the program.
  • Each placement timing depends on the farm’s preferences.
  • Longer stays (more than 6 months) are generally easier to find, especially if you are not a native speaker.


Agriculture: dairy, pigs, field crops & machinery, sheep, mixed farming, agri-home.
Horticulture: fruit, landscaping, plant nursery, vegetables, cut flowers.
Animal agriculture: dairy; sheep; pigs; beef
Agri-home: working inside the home and outside on the farm.
Equine: breeding, yearling preparation, sport horse.
*Oenology/wine: cellar, vineyard.
*Other: other rural placements can sometimes be offered

*Depending on availability & experience



Plan on about three to four months from the time of contacting Global Cow until the time you would arrive in New Zealand.

  • Complete initial interest form and return to Global Cow.
  • Have initial interview with Global Cow via phone or Skype.
  • Upon acceptance, pay initial fees to Global Cow. (Repeat Global Cow participants pay discounted rate.)
  • Placement process begins.
  • Upon placement confirmation, pay New Zealand program fees directly to New Zealand program.
  • Prepare to travel!